File Management

Where does the Flip-Pal save the images I scan?

By default, the Flip-Pal saves all scans to the SD memory card in a folder called 100_SCAN. This is a sub-folder of the DCIM folder. So, if you open the SD card on your computer, images are in DCIM > 100_SCAN. The EasyStitch stitching software always looks in the 100_SCAN folder for images to stitch, unless you direct it to another location.

How do I delete scans from my memory card?

From the Flip-Pal Toolbox 2, click on the “files” tab. Click on “Open Scans” to use your computer operating system to browse the SD Card folder that has your Flip-Pal scanned images. From there you can highlight a scan, then press the “delete” key to remove them from your SD card (Command-Delete on Mac.)

Which graphics file format does the Flip-Pal mobile scanner use to save images?

The Flip-Pal mobile scanner uses a low loss (maximum quality) JPEG format. JPEG is the most common file format and is used by most digital cameras.

Some photo archivers choose to work with the TIF format because it is a ‘lossless’ file format versus JPG which is a ‘lossy’ file format. This means that each time you edit and resave a JPEG file it will degrade slightly in image quality; this does not happen with TIF.

If you are going to do repetitive edits and saves, you can use image editing software to save the scanned JPG file to a .TIF file to avoid this. However, if you are not doing repetitive saves, then there is little advantage to converting to TIF.

What is the best way to back up my images?

Long term storage is a concern to anyone dealing with scans that might be the only available copy of a lost or unavailable original. Options include an external USB hard drive, or archiving to a CD or DVD. An online backup service may also be a solution. Backup services include DropBox, iDrive, Adobe, SOS, Mozy and Carbonite. Multiple types of backups are highly recommended, including storage of a backup disk away from your primary residence.

How can I share my scanned images with family and friends?

Click the Share tab in Flip-Pal Toolbox 2. There you will see multiple icons for various services that are closely integrated. Click on an icon such as Facebook or Picasa, then follow instructions to upload your scans to your account on those services and from there, notify your family or friends of the new pictures.
Don’t have an account? No problem, just follow the link to create an account with that service.